"> > 717 - Bookbinding press, used for holding signatures while you sew
I forgot to include the patent date on my site: 1-12-04. It was marked
"bookbinder", I guess they made them different over 100 years ago. Other
text on it reads "Boorum & Pease L.L.B. Co." The ruler on it has zero in
the middle and goes to ten in both directions in what looks to be half inch
Thanks for the info on BB presses.
I think that's also a regional variation. Although we're talking about
the same thing (lightweight, wooden, holds things) rather than a real
press (heavy, iron, squashes things) they get called "presses" too.
Round here a "press" can also mean simply a cupboard!
There's a similar one in our local bookbinding museum, although it's for
magazine and pamphlet work rather than books. Supposedly it was used for
posh art magazines around 1900.
Ok, I stand corrected. Thanks for the info. I still <i>think</i> that the
English bookbinding references I've read refer to the sewing frame as such,
rather than as a "press", but I wouldn't want to swear to it. The sewing
frame has no top cheek at all only a cross bar for tying the cords or tapes.
The signatures just rest loose on one another and are sewn through with one
hand inside the open fold. There is lots of use for small wooden presses
that hold things, like small variants of the lying press. We use those as
well, and also call them "presses" though as you note they are really used
more like a bench vise for books. Not the same thing as a sewing frame,
though. The type of thing I'm referring to is the leading image at
Of course there was/is a fair bit of regional variation in the trade lingo,
and as you note English English definitely has a more catholic
interpretation of "press". You definitely have me beat on item 717, though.
I'll be forwarding the picture as an FYI to a few binders, be curious to
hear if anyone has used one of these things.
I think that's just a colour cast from tungsten light.
I said Tek because the vernier knobs are red, it looks a bit more
sophisticated than a cheap Hameg or other Asian scope (more red knobs)
and I remember them having the built-in DMM / frequency counter.
A HP would have bigger, tasteful grey knobs and they'd probably be
missing because HP's knobs always used to break.
Out of curiosity -- was this expected to be placed on the
platter and spun by that, with the user's hand holding the wooden
cylinder against rotation?
Are there instructions on the back of that box for it?
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"DoN. Nichols" wrote (referring to cactus needle sharpener): Out of
curiosity -- was this expected to be placed on the platter and spun by that,
with the user's hand holding the wooden cylinder against rotation?
There are no instructions on the box, and I have no idea whether it
originally had printed instructions with it. Here is how it would be used:
You can see that the needle is held in a small chuck, which is driven by a
wheel with a rubber tire. The tire is in contact with a sandpaper ring,
which the tip of the needle also touches. You would hold the wooden base in
one hand, and spin the green handle back and forth, applying gentle pressure
against the sandpaper. The rubber tire would roll on the sandpaper, forcing
the needle to revolve counter to its direction of motion, producing a little
I mentioned to Rob in a separate e-mail, and I'll add here, just for fun--I
also have a few phono needles that are made of bone, and have a triangular
cross section. One end is sanded off at an angle, to produce a sharp tip,
and this can be resharpened by sanding it very lightly.
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